Last fact-checked: 13 March 2019
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Dental Implants were first carried out almost 50 years ago and are now a popular way to replace missing teeth. However, they are also fairly expensive, which is why many people are now traveling further afield to destinations such as San Jose where implants are considerably cheaper.
With a relatively short flight duration of less than three hours from some US cities, San Jose is convenient enough for a return visit, which most implant procedures usually necessitate.
This typical Central American city is ideal for leisurely strolls through its parks and neighborhoods and there are museums and galleries in which to immerse yourself for a bit of culture during your dental trip.
The cost of dental implants in San Jose is the main reason that people consider having their treatment here. Even when factoring in accommodation, flights for two trips and the cost of the dental implant itself, the total spending is often still significantly less in San Jose than it is in North America.
Understandably, some people may feel nervous about undergoing dental treatment overseas, especially as there are a number of myths surrounding the expertise of dentists abroad . One misconception is that training just isn’t as good as in North America; while this may have been true in the past, it is rather a different story now. Over the past two decades, rises in healthcare infrastructure and government promotion of international healthcare travel have given rise to an array of high-quality, affordable dental clinics in San Jose and beyond. .
Dentists who routinely treat international patients are very often trained overseas and are members of the same international organizations of which your dentist at home is a member. So, for example, we have dentists in San Jose who are members of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists or the American Dental Association.
Booking an appointment through Dental Departures ensures you will be seen by a quality-checked dentist, whose experience and qualifications have been verified, and who offer guarantees on both their work and any lab work – giving you total peace of mind for your dental implants procedure.
The dental implant procedure is actually two separate procedures – one is for the replacement of the root of the tooth – and the other is the replacement of the tooth itself.
The first part of the procedure, or replacement of the tooth root, involves the insertion of the implant. This is usually completed in a day, but you may need to be available for a couple of days afterward so your dentist can check everything is as it should be before you return home.
The procedure involves the implant being inserted into the jaw bone. This is done by opening up the gum and drilling a hole into the jaw bone for the implant to fit into. Once the implant is inserted, the gum is stitched up.
You will then have to wait for at least six months’ for the implant to fuse with your bone ( a process called osseointegration ) which will provide a very stable platform for your false tooth.
On your next trip, you will have the crown (false tooth) attached. First, your dentist will take x-rays and examine your mouth; if everything has healed nicely, impressions of your mouth will be made and the crown will be made by the lab. It’ll normally take a few days to make, after which you will return to have the crown fitted to an abutment, which joins the crown to the implant. You may need to be available a few days during this second trip to ensure everything is fitted properly.
The process may take longer if you have bone loss in your jaw and require a bone graft or sinus lift prior to the insertion of the implant .
In the United States, a titanium dental implant with abutment and standard crown is around $3,900, but the price you’d pay in San Jose is $1,200.
So, even a couple of trips to San Jose for dental implants will still be less than just one implant at home. If you require multiple implants the savings become significant. You can find quality implants at these background-checked clinics in San Jose (Costa Rica):
● Costa Rica All on Four
● Prisma Dental
● Clinica Mario Garita - The Dental Experience
It's easy to book an appointment for affordable dental implants in San Jose with Dental Departures - book online or call our Toll-Free number. Our website provides all the information you need to make a decision on your dental care with our patient reviews, virtual clinic tours, high-definition photos and other useful information. Contact us for a free quote and take advantage of our best price guarantee .
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